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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 166-168

Shunt site chronic calcified extradural hematoma: An avoidable complication

Department of Neurosurgery, Shrirama Chandra Bhanj Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India

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Mani Charan Satapathy
Department of Neurosurgery, Shrirama Chandra Bhanj Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha - 753 007
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.139342

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Extradural hematoma (EDH) after ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt procedure is a rare, dangerous but easily avoidable and manageable complication. It is more common in children and young adults presumably due to relatively lax adhesion of dura to calvarium. We report a case of an 18-year-old male with acqueductal stenosis who underwent VP shunt procedure. Three months later, a computed tomography (CT) scan was done for the complaints of intractable headache and altered sensorium which showed chronic calcified EDH near shunt site. The ventricular catheter was in position and the ventricles were decompressed. After surgical decompression of EDH his symptoms improved. We discuss the factors leading to formation of EDH, with stress on proper technique to prevent or minimize such an avoidable complication.


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